evolution of musical respecting

April 16th, 2015

Cultural Anthropology of sorts.  Garth Brooks.  The Willamette Week heralds him from the early 1990s, in a sort of respect they probably would not have given him in the early 1990s.

The third iteration of Marilyn Manson I see in the Portland Mercury… from mocking their fans a decade ago, to saying “good for them” a few years ago when he was in town to saying he put out good music.

And the Dead Milkmen… now an important band with important things.  Go figure.

the non creation of a new presidency

April 15th, 2015

Absent something remarkable, and unlike in 2007 going into 2008 I don’t think this bit of conventional wisdom is inorrect, I don’t see how Hillary Clinton can be stopped as the Democratic nominee.  8 years ago, there was enough of a wedge in the Democratic Elite and misgivings about Clinton to allow for Barack Obama to win the nomination, today they’ve all pretty well aligned with Clinton.

So who do we have touting the possibilities?  Well la de da de da… LINCOLN CHAFFEE!!!  What’s even more impressive… he’s disavowing his vote for the removal of Glass Steagall.

So now the face of the Stop Hillary Clinton improbability consists of… repeatedly disavowed as running but either speculated about ad naseum or courted by activists… Elizabeth Warren and Jerry Brown.  And Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee, and Martin O’Malley.

The Larouche Movement is going with Martin O’Malley.
Dan Schmidt reporting.

The confused mumbling of what Martin O’Malley represents, lest you chunk the Larouche Movement and join the O’Malley Movement:

What is required is the creation of a Presidency, (re-phrasing what he was “attempting” at Obama’s inauguration with the “Institution”.) not a “President with followings.” Since we have, certainly, no President, and presently no Presidential candidate qualified to meet the challenges this crisis poses, we must set our intention to creating a Presidency around a candidate.
In that connection, O’Malley is the only one we know of who has the qualifications to head up a new Presidency—not a political party, but a Presidency, which will address the issues of a global water crisis.

He’s very Keplerian, you see…  As they implement NAWAPA …
The solution exists. We are qualified to fill it out. Our mission is to create a Presidency around it.
Does this mean that Martin O’Malley can expect to be hounded by Larouchies wherever he goes?  Or –?  Wins over faint praise by way of comments on the other candidates running with the two major parties…
“You take a case like Rand Paul, this guy’s a Nazi! He’s a Killer! He’s the enemy of civilization!”

Webster Tarpley Jumps off the Hillary Clinton Bandwagon.
Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for President of the United States. While the European press showers her with praise without thinking, Webster G. Tarpley recalls her balance sheet: in all circumstances, she supported war and corporate interests.
Fair enough commentary so far, but I’m stuck at the following: this was true enough in 2008, when Tarpley was stirring about the “PUMA” and arguing some ridiculous notion of an electoral realignment that included Oklahoma in the Democratic column.
Hm... Pardon my ignorance but what is a “LaRouchie”?
Perhaps a better question would be “What is Google?”
ah I know what Google is, but you seem to feel strongly about LaRouche so I thought I’d get your perspective. As far as I know LaRouche is a band.
And a classic from Berkley Breathed introduction to a “Bloom County” collection wraps it all up.

Where are they now
Then: A longtime resident of Selma, Amelia and her husband Samuel William Boynton began fighting for voting rights as far back as the 1930s. They worked closely with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, allowing students to use their home as a meeting place. Boynton is often considered the catalyst for the Selma march, telling Dr. King he needed to come to the area. On Bloody Sunday, Robinson marched alongside many others as state troopers descended upon them. An image of her beaten unconscious on the ground became one of the day’s lasting images.
Now: At 103 years old, Robinson still has a sharp mind though her mobility is limited. However, she did attend this year’s State of the Union, invited by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Al.) Throughout the years, she’s gone to commemorative Bloody Sunday events and served as the vice chairman of the Schiller Institute, founded by Helga Zeppa LaRouche, the wife of controversial figure Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.


Yes.  There she is in this photograph marching in memorial with a person that “controversial figure” Lyndon H Larouche Jr has believes is embarking on a Nazi Genocide project…. and all the rest.
So long as Obama remains in office, the danger of general war—including war of thermonuclear extinction—remains far too real to tolerate.
History’s Mysteries…

Illinois… “Biggest Mistakes” of Politics:  Listen to his explanation of space and science here and you’ll understand why Stevenson was doomed when two LaRouche disciples landed on his ticket.).

Belitting some candidates running for local office in Chicago… Putting into the frame of reference of perenial candidates… next to Eugene McCarthy and apparently time has worn out Harold Stassen.

Cleon Skousen’s Five Thousand Year Leap? Really? That’s like plagiarizing Lyndon LaRouche. The choice of material to plagiarize is far worse than the act of plagiarism itself.

Free Speech.  Gotta Love itOver time, efforts to suppress speakers came from representatives of Canada, Japan and other governments. When a telephoned bomb threat disrupted a lecture by Congressman Paul Findley, a critic of Israel, we continued the presentation in a stairwell. When followers of radical Lyndon LaRouche tried to break up a meeting, they were escorted from the premises.

If you’re anything like us, you spent this weekend soaking in the finer points of life, knowing North Korea can defile the rest of our Western Capitalist Utopia at any time. We cracked open that 2009 Revana we bought in Napa. We went to the park and lived out the fantasy of stealing every person’s dog. We kissed life on the lips, let her smack us across our faces, and recoiled to proclaim “Worth it, and we’d do it again!”
In the meantime, North Korea was probably changing Mike Seaver’s Wikipedia, setting up a PAC for Lyndon LaRouche, and hacking our browser histories. You know, inspiring revolution where there’s none to be had.

A little spin on a LaRouchie suggestion. Lyndon wanted to ban people who smoke pot from voting. For two years after they quit partaking of spliff.

Story Number Four: United By Tragedy, and... ?

Lyndon LaRouche said that the people of France have begun to fight. They have realized that they must change French policies, which is a revolution in itself. France is mounting a heroic struggle; Germany has not reached that point, but we hope it will. France’s reaction could break into a new revolutionary improvement in the French economy and the French nation. Take the French situation now, and look at other parts of Europe, such as Greece. A revolution is occurring in France.

No.  Lyndon larouche still remains irrelevant to the situation at hand.

Story Number Five:  Jon Stewart dissects Vladimir Putin‘s government and propaganda machine.  Swarming about the mass we have this “ignore the log in our eyes for the dust mite in your eyes” malarky from William Jones to Russia TV.


In push for openness on terrorism, Lynch unlikely hero of conspiracy theorists
Only 17 members have cosponsored the resolution proposed last December by Lynch and Representative Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, which calls for release on grounds that “the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks.† In the meantime, the quest is making for some strange bedfellows. Lynch has become a hero of sorts to conspiracy theorists who assert US government complicity in the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Some of them, according to Lynch, show up at his town hall meetings to ask about the secret pages and interrupt the events to discuss their multiple theories about what really happened on 9/11, including that Israel was to blame for the terrorist attacks. One of these groups is the political action committee headed by longtime activist Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche, the 92-year-old New Hampshire native whose anti-establishment movement has roots in the leftist activism of the 1960s, held a webcast last week about the issue (and for good measure called for the removal of the British monarchy and the impeachment of President Obama as the only way to save the world from imminent destruction)…. -Larouche historical destiny as a side show here.

Then there’s The recent world historical Schiller Conference in Manhattan

From the Conservative National Review blog…

Toward the end of today’s Impromptus, I have a note on Lyndon LaRouche and his followers. I saw a few of them (the followers) on the streets of New York the other day. Hadn’t seen them in ages.
Yeah.  No reason to think about them after the “prosecution” / persecution.  Now you’re more likely to sledge through the “persecution” of murderer Mumia Abu Jamal — who, incidentally has more people clamoring for his “Political Prisoner” angle than Larouche ever had.

party over…

April 10th, 2015

nationalreviewcoverfrathousething  Not having read this National Review cover article…

and without any respect to what I assume is the theme of a “pc” police having the Fraternity system under assault on this and that …

… wouldn’t fraternities easing away, somehow becoming passe, something of a relic of the past be… oh… a good thing?  Like, the image we have for the symbol of fraternity life is… the character played by John Belushi in Animal House… after all.


Truth in Advertisement…

April 8th, 2015

This is mind numbingly stupid.

On Tuesday, a consumer watchdog group called on DirecTV to pull the popular ads off the air after cable giant Comcast filed a complaint.

The commercials claim DirecTV has “better signal reliability than cable” and “shorter customer service wait times.” The Better Business Bureau National Advertising Division said those claims are “unsupported” and they should discontinue the ads.

“I think DirecTV thought, ‘We have a great campaign, people are talking about it. It’s entertaining people, and it’s working. Let’s run it untill we get the cease and desist,’” Los Angeles Times media writer Stephen Battaglio said.

In response to the ruling, DirecTV said the various Lowe advertisements are so outlandish and exaggerated that no reasonable consumer would believe the statements made in them require substantiation.

The theory of the ad is that there’s an alternate universe where a different Rob Lowe is using the cable competitor.  Yes.  That’s an unsupported claim.  I guess.

Or whatever unsubstantiated claim is in the latest Slim Jim ad campaign.  (Note:  the one I was thinking I would get involve some “cool” partier with Slim Jims and 2 girls dancing as against … hm… sad pouty fattish girl?)  The amusing thing here is to get to the commercials on youtube, you have to either sit through or skip a commercial.

get the band back together for a benefit?

April 4th, 2015

The local news promo tells of a story about a fire at a local high school.  It burnt down the cafeteria, some athletic facilities, and some music facilities.

So we get a quick snippet amongst the “And a community rallies”, and so forth with…

“and a music legend steps in to help.”  It includes stock footage of a vintage rock concert featuring… some band or other.

I await to see who this musical legend is.

And we get, toward the end of the story, “And this has not been confirmed, but Deen Castronovo of the legendary band has offered to step in and donate equipment!”

I pause and recollect.
#1:  That’s random.
#2:  Or, maybe it isn’t.  There has to be a connection between the band member and the school or city, and… apparently he’s an alumnus.
#3:  If not for that connection, my thought is stringing to an old South Park episode where playing at their elementary school… Ronnie James Dio.  Mind you, Ronnie James Dio at a time before a certain rebound takes place.
#4:  Or maybe that certain rebound has taken place with the band Journey, and all the kids sing along with their hits of the 80s.
#5:  When they’re in concert, they’re headlining for Foreigner.  Or is Foreigner headlining for Journey?  Whatever the case, we know White Snake is third on the bill.
#6:  And beyond all this, whatever the role of Journey in anyone and everyone’s lives… one word is tripping me up as a bastardization of the English language.



the troubles with historical parallels

March 31st, 2015

The letters to the editor page in the Nation magazine a few weeks ago, about the Nation’s hoped for study of Elizabeth Warren for President draft movement…

One asks “What’s so bad about Hillary Clinton?”
One points out that Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she’s not running, while Bernie Sanders is exploring the idea.
One posits the idea that Bernie Sanders might serve as Eugen McCarthy, Elizabeth Warren as Robert Kennedy… with Hillary Clinton the role of Lyndon Johnson.

That last one fascinates me in its day-dreaming of historical parallels.  Hopefully the letter writer doesn’t want to draw it too tightly to its 1968 precedent.

why is superman aping ant-man?

March 28th, 2015

Thought of the day…  A cover of Action Comics number 296.

supermanantman  Cover date, January 1963.

Synopsis…  A colony of giant ants, mutated by a nuclear war on another planet, comes to Earth with a warning, and Superman uses Red Kryptonite radiation to give himself an ant’s head in order to communicate with them.

Skip to the wikipedia page on Ant-Man.

Ant-Man is the name of several fictional characters appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. Ant-Man was originally the superhero persona of Hank Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size. Hank Pym was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 (Jan. 1962); his first appearance as Ant-Man was in Tales to Astonish #35 (Sept. 1962).
After Pym retired his Ant-Man identity, successors Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady have used Pym’s technology to take on the role of Ant-Man.

Wait.  Does that mean Superman ripped off Ant-man?

Whatever.  It Looks like a blockbuster this summer, considering there’s the Mr. Potato Head Ant-man

Someone gave me a dirty look as I was reading this…

March 28th, 2015

From Generation of Vipers, Philip Wylie, 1942 with added notes in 1955 (congratulating himself on being right), page 24.  A hypothetical history textbook from the future explains the state of then present day American culture…

The brutishness and filthiness of the people was equaled only by their ignorance and credulity.  Every mind was clogged with superstitions that had to do with ladders, black cats, hunchbacks, the new moon — an infinitude of objects.  Yet, the people believed themselves to be enlightened — the strangest superstition of all!  They indulged in mass myths of a great variety.  Everybody, for example, “loved his mother” — it was a tenet, and a man would smash your jaw if you said your mother was a back-biting hypocrite — although, likely, in that age, she was was.  Moreover, public opinion would stand behind the man who had smashed the jaw of the critic of his mother — rather than behind the man who had told the simple truth.

Then there’s firemen, (in a section about the evils hats do to man) page 106-107.

The fire hat makes the fireman into a chopping demon whose zeal is highly regarded by the mob but whose effectiveness in putting out fires is open, usually, to question.  This hat, however, is useful for hiding small valuables picked up on the premises where fires are being attacked.  I have heard it said that all firemen are kleptomaniacs, and I doubt this, but the hat may have in it some small part of that special magic or legerdemain.  What the fez does to to the noble of a Masonic order is another thing that fascinates and frightens me.  It makes him, ordinarily a man of aplomb and conservatism, able to parade the streets in outlandish costumes, for one thing.  It also gives him the magic power to jab electrical shocking devices betwixt the glutei maximi of pretty girls — a power he certainly did not have under his fedora.

A bit of an aside on grocers in a chapter about doctors., page 168.

and if the grocer did a tenth as much to you you would have him in the clink, even though we will agree that grocers, as a class, are a collection of choice thieves and liars too.

Back to Mom, though, who is really at the heart of the book…  Page 195

But mom never met competition.  Like Hitler, she betrays the people who would give her a battle before she brings up her troops.  (and etc.)

This is 1942, by the way.  Back when Hitler was a real human being, and we all decided we really hated him.

Note his explanation in an interview with Mike Wallace in 1953.

WYLIE: Well, let me… let me say, that if you had read on, through those pages of indictment, you’d have realized Mike, that I was talking about not mothers, all of them, but a certain kind, whom I classified as I did, and whom I outrageously lampooned, deliberately, from a psychological background, that was well informed.

Just for effect…
Note this phrase from a decades later retrospect.  Probably true.  “Warmed over H.L.  Mencken.”

campus politics

March 26th, 2015

Trying to make sense of this story.

Reed College student Jeremiah True drew national attention March 19 after claiming he was bounced from the discussion portion of his Humanities 110 class for arguing that sexual assault statistics are inflated. His story got weird from there. After BuzzFeed reported his claims and rape culture deniers championed his cause, True, 19, posted increasingly aggressive rants online, prompting fellow students to report feeling unsafe on campus. In an interview with GotNews posted on YouTube on March 24, True claimed he was purposefully acting like a “jerk wad” to draw more attention and parlay the controversy into a career in media. As of March 24, Reed officials were standing by their decision to bar True.

Hm.  I hate to slide into any cause championed by Charles Johnson, but unless he interceded on some allotted time limits in the class discussion to “not let everyone in”, I’m stuck on some things…

I suppose there’s a decent case to slam anyone arguing on about a 6 Thousand year Earth in a biology class, or…

the new new york times magazine

March 24th, 2015

When The New York Times Magazine issued a new “redesign”…

a publication within a publication, I may add, that has had some reasonably in-depth articles addressing this and that issue that you’re hard-pressed to see in the “regular” newspaper of the New York Times.  Long Form Journalism and all that…

… as well as our blog-o-listo-thingy of the moment trend …

But be that as it may… the query.  Expressed in In These Times here.

The Editor’s Letter gushed about new typefaces and heavier paper stock, and boasted, “You will also find, I am pleased to say, more pages of advertising than in any issue since October 2007” (a line that has since been changed in the online version).

Who are they trying to impress by pointing out that they have a whole whole whole lot of advertisements?  Because you know… generally speaking, those things are at best necessary evil and …

… unless they’re trying to impress potential advertisers.  Wait.